Feb 07

By SARAH TOLKOFF

Orange County Business Journal Staff

Fountain Valley’s D-Link Systems Inc., a maker of networking gear for consumers and small businesses, has continued reshuffling its executive ranks.

D-Link, part of Taiwan’s D-Link Corp., is in the midst of a reorganization.

In the latest round, the company promoted Nick Tidd to president of D-Link North America. He was brought on last year as vice president of marketing for North America and vice president of sales for Pan-America operations.

Tidd is a veteran of Marlborough, Mass.-based 3Com Corp.

Big changes began in May after the departure of Steven Joe, former U.S. president and chief executive who spent more than 20 years at the company.

Keith Karlsen, former executive vice president, also left during the reorganization when D-Link consolidated operations in North America and South America.

As part of the restructuring, D-Link named Carlos Casassus Fontecilla as president of Pan-America.

The company has been hiring executives at a rapid clip, mostly in sales, operations and marketing.

In the same announcement, D-Link said Michael Fox has been promoted to vice president of U.S. solutions channels sales, overseeing the pending launch of D-Link’s latest reseller program. Fox is set to focus on selling to the government.

It also named Patrick Piwowarczyk vice president of U.S. enterprise sales, Michael Walsh as vice president of information technology for North America, Phyllis McCullagh as vice president of sales operations and Mark Ciprietti as general manager of business solutions in D-Link’s Canadian operations.

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Feb 06

D-Link Adds Another Home Media Box With The Pebble ,D-Link Pebble Lets You Stream Digital Content To Your TV Via Home Network.

D-Link-Pebble

Nothing really revolutionary about this, we’ve seen a ton of these boxes that let you wirelessly stream content from your home network to your HDTV sets. The newest is the Pebble, from D-Link, who are better known for their networking equipment, like routers and such.

One thing that makes the D-Link Pebble stand apart from the tens hundreds of other digital media devices we’ve seen is its unique design. It’s shaped like, well, a pebble and its small, black and compact. No surprise that this is coming from D-Link, after all, they’re the ones behind the unique design of the Boxee Box.

On the technical side, nothing that will change your opinion of the space. It will can connect to a home network, either via Ethernet or 802.11n WiFi. From there, it can play any video or audio you want, or display pictures that are stored on networked computers or network attached storage.

Via the Pebble’s USB 2.0 ports, you can play content off of USB thumb drives or external hard drives attached to the device via USB. D-Link also has promised a SD card slot for further media-playing options. No word on what resolutions it will play, but D-Link promises that it can playback “high resolution quality” video. For video-out, it does have a HDMI 1.3 port.

D-Link will be aiming for the entry-level of the market and will only be charging $120 for the device. Excited? You can expect to start seeing the D-Link Pebble for sale online and in retail store sometime in the first half of 2010.

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Feb 04

– Boxee Box by D-Link, Pebble(TM), Home Automation Products Take Home 15 Awards

When the curtain closed on the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, D-Link, one of the world’s largest computer networking companies for home and business, returned home with 15 best product honors.

D-Link debuted a complete lineup of new products under this year’s theme, “Link Your Life”, all geared to making the digital home more entertaining, more secure and more energy efficient with the latest connectivity solutions.

The biggest winner was The Boxee Box by D-Link, a beautifully designed, full-featured media player that allows users to gather, organize and stream their favorite movies, TV shows, music and photos from their PC, home network, storage devices and the Internet to their HDTV using only a remote control with QWERTY keyboard. No PC is required. Users can also share their content with friends and relatives over social media sites, ie: Twitter, Facebook and others, directly from the TV. It took home the following awards:

– Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Best of Innovations in
the Home Theater category
– Yahoo/CES Last Gadget Standing Winner
– Laptop Magazine Best in Show
– Popular Science Magazine Product of the Future
– G4 TV Best in Show
– CNET-TV Best in Show Finalist, Home Theater category
– Business Solutions Magazine Top 10 Best Gadgets at CES
– Global Marketing Partners’ Top CES Innovative Technology
– Dave Graveline’s “Into Tomorrow” Dave’s Top 10 @ CES 2010.
– Digital Trends “The Top 10 Best Gadgets at CES 2010
– Global Marketing Partners CES Innovative Technology Top 10

The D-Link Pebble(tm), another media player that attracted media attention at CES for its full-featured functionality, attractive design, compact size and affordable price, earned the following accolades:

– CEA Innovations Honoree in the Home Theater category
– Laptop Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Finalist

Also winning the coveted CEA Innovations Honoree award was D-Link’s Home Monitoring Starter Kit that provides an affordable, easy-to-use and innovative way for homeowners and tenants to employ a higher level of security for their property and its occupants, and the D-Link Home Energy Starter Kit, the first product that lets consumers measure energy consumption of their various home electrical appliances.

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Jan 31

D-Link announced the launch of its Compact Wireless N USB Adapter, billed as the world’s smallest, and prepares to ship its first 802.11n Wi-Fi router with 3×3 MIMO technology.

Networking solutions provider D-Link announced the launch of their Compact Wireless N USB Adapter (DWA-121), which the company claims is the world’s smallest wireless USB adapter. About the size of a dime, the DWA-121 adapter connects a laptop or desktop computer to a Wi-Fi network at up to six times the speed and three times the coverage of a wireless G connection, and uses 802.11n wireless technology to help maximize the speed and range of the wireless signal, with speeds up to 150Mbps uplink/downlink data rate. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

The company also announced it is preparing to ship its first 802.11n Wi-Fi router with 3×3 MIMO technology that uses three distinct data streams to enable “extremely fast” data transfer rates with speeds up to 450 megabits per second. The Switchable Dual Band Router (DIR-665) – the first wireless router to receive Connect with Intel Centrino Ultimate-N certification, is expected to ship in the first quarter of this year, D-Link said. The speed is made possible by the Marvell 88W8366/88W8063 3×3 chipset, which supports multi-stream 802.11n technology for increased data throughput. The DIR-665 incorporates the Marvell Total Solution featuring the 88F6281 CPU, running at 1 GHz, 88E6171R Gigabit Ethernet switch and power management ports in-addition to the industry’s first 3×3 chipset.

“D-Link has a proven track record of delivering revolutionary networking products that provide consumers with the best possible home networking experience,” said Partho Mishra vice president and general manager of the embedded and emerging business unit for the communications and consumer business group at Marvell. “Marvell’s 3×3 solution enables D-Link’s customers to create home networks with reliable high-bandwidth wireless links to surf the web, share files, play networked games and stream HD video with the increasing number of WiFi enabled consumer devices in the market such as smart phones, e-book readers and HD television sets, a segment that Marvell has pioneered ”

The router offers both wide area and local area network (WAN/LAN) gigabit ports, SharePort for printer sharing capability, switchable dual-band 2.4 and 5 gigahertz performance, three antennas and D-Link Green technology, which saves power through Wi-Fi scheduling and eco-friendly port activity and cable detection techniques.

“Intel has worked closely with D-Link and Marvell to test interoperability with Intel’s next generation of wireless adapters. When paired with our new Intel Ultimate-N WiFi Link 6300 multi-stream 802.11n adapter, the new wireless router from D-Link provides outstanding throughput and performance” said Alexander Quach, Intel’s director of wireless marketing. “The D-link DIR-665 router meets our new Ultimate-N tier of Connect with Intel Centrino interoperability, offering the performance required for data intensive applications such as streaming rich media throughout your home.”

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Jan 27

D-Link has promoted channel veteran Nick Tidd as its new president. Tidd had been serving as vice president of sales for D-Link Pan America and vice president of marketing for D-Link North America. In those roles he focused on making operations more efficient and on selling customer centric solutions.

Tidd joined D-Link in August 2008 and his previous work experience has included serving as vice president of global channel sales at 3Com and as a strategic advisory board member at Blue Roads.

D-Link said in a statement that Tidd’s “fresh perspective, new ideas and proven strategies will play a major role in propelling D-Link to a leadership position in the Americas.” The company promised that D-Link would focus on success in mid-market and enterprise environments while continuing to support the small business and medium business customer and the small office/home office customer.

Under Tidd, D-Link North America has both grown and significantly improved operations, resulting in increased margins and better profitability, the company said.

D-Link also announced that Michael Fox has been promoted to vice president of U.S. Solutions Channels Sales, overseeing the pending launch of D-Link’s new Channel Partner Program. He will focus on supporting field application engineers and the company’s expansion into the federal government market.

D-Link named Patrick Piwowarczyk as vice president of U.S. Enterprise Sales, specifically focusing on growing end-user business. Michael Walsh has been named vice president of information technology for North America to oversee the company’s migration to salesforce.com and other operational improvements.

Phyllis McCullagh has been named vice president of sales operations to lead the sales operations and distribution team. And, Mark Ciprietti is the new vice president and general manager of business solutions sales for D-Link Canada.

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